Arthur Oliver Wheeler
Born in Ireland in 1860, Arthur Oliver Wheeler arrived in Canada in
1876 and became a land surveyor. He made photo-topographical surveys of
the Selkirks and the British Columbia-Alberta boundary through the
Rockies. In 1906, he and Elizabeth Parker were the principal founders of
the Alpine Club of Canada. He was its first President, and Editor of
the Canadian Alpine Journal from 1907 to 1930, and Honorary President
from 1926 until his death in 1945. He was the driving force behind two
of the Club’s most successful expeditions, the 1913 Mt. Robson camp and
the 1925 ascent of Mt. Logan.
For more information on the Wheeler family, read the Summit Series booklet: Among the Great Hills: Three Generations of Wheelers, available through the online store.
A.O. Wheeler was awarded Honorary Membership in 1922 and the Silver Rope for Leadership in 1934.